Good Morning Bible Journal family, I hope your day has started well or I’m getting the opportunity to tell you it is going to, just because you are intentionally taking the time to be in the word today! I love the opportunity to read God’s word and take in valuable insights and nuggets of information to reflect and apply into my own life. Enjoy reading through Luke 24 today. The last chapter of Luke, a timeless reminder of the promise Jesus made and kept when he said he would be defeat the grave and rise again 3 days later. The story of man who were first hand witnesses.
In focusing on Jesus’s word throughout our scripture reading I’m reminded about the art of face-to face conversations. The opportunity to listen, reflect, support, and encourage. Two people are walking together after finding out about the death of Jesus. Jesus the comes alongside them and In the NIV translation, Jesus says, ” What are you discussing?” the ESV or King James says, “What things?” For me it can be, my kids behaviors, the health of my wife, the daily situations of my job, the overwhelming feeling of writing for classes, my kids sports, or at times my faith. It can be politics (timely), weather, money for bills, baby clothes…the list goes on. These are all topics that I can and have found myself discussing the last couple weeks. I’m reminded how fast our mind can forget, shift, and/or be lead by our circumstances or pressures of the world. In Luke 24, why are so many surprised? He had been telling everyone along the way.
Paul is an excellent example of character of not being swayed by his circumstance. Paul faced persecution, torture, and told he would get killed. Paul’s response was Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.
These four words, “What are you discussing? ” spoke to me as I read through today’s reading. I reflected on my conversations and thought about, ” What I had been discussing with others and why? Was it about a closer relationship with God? Do I remind myself and others? about these priceless which can bring pure joy, yet the pressures I put on myself and lean towards the world can have me discussing my lack of superficial happiness based on circumstances where true joy comes through Him. Out of all my conversations are the ones about how Jesus has changed my life present? Honestly, not as much as I like, not as much as they should be. I’m sorry Lord for my lack of belief in all things are through you. I pray for my words, thoughts, and discussions to have a focus that includes you. Whether alone, with my family, friends, at work, or with strangers. Will I discuss you? what would it look like if I did more?
Just like the promise that Jesus made to us that He would rise again three days later. Jesus says he is coming back to take us back to His Kingdom forever. Are you ready? Are we having conversations to let others know about this promise? I pray that we are having more of these conversations. Instead of the nervousness that come with these conversations… think of the joy and opportunity for an eternal difference you can make through your discussion.
So I reflect and ask again, what are you discussing?
Acts 4:20 Peter and John said to the religious leaders, For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. What amazing things has Jesus done in your life. Use this as a platform to share with others.
Have great discussions today!
Blessings , DL